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Extended Project

Why study Extended Project?

The Extended Project gives students the opportunity to undertake a short research project on an agreed topic of their choice.

Universities look upon this qualification favourably because it gives students a useful grounding in the skills that they are expected to learn and use in their senior academic life.

How will you be assessed?

You can choose between two different pathways: The first is a research-based written report of approximately 5000 words; the second is the practical production of an ‘artefact’, which must also be accompanied by a research-based written report of at least 1000 words. In both cases, the assessment is carried out internally by ‘supervisors’ with external moderation. There are 3 compulsory parts to the project: Students must maintain a project log, recording the process of writing the project; produce a summary presentation which must include elements of their research in a clear, formal way and the written project (plus artefact if one is being created) itself.

It is important that the work you produce for your EPQ is not directly connected to a current or past piece of A level work as this would be classed as dual accreditation.

What will you study?  
Unit 1 – Developing Questions & Course Introduction Choosing a topic, understanding the assessment objectives and the importance of the production log.

Making sure that the topic is feasible (in coordination with supervisors).

The nature of research, developing research questions and deciding which pathway to take: written report of artefact.

Time management, planning and research diaries.

Unit 2 – Collecting & Analysing Material Effective use of research sources such as libraries, the internet, JSTOR etc…

Choosing material and being aware of bias (how to assess reliability).

Risk assessments, consent, research etiquette and the right to withdraw.

Primary and secondary data (quantitative and qualitative data).

Guide to Harvard referencing, end notes – footnotes and avoiding plagiarism.

How to build arguments, critical and descriptive writing.

Unit 3 – Proof Reading & Presentation Skills Developing critique skills, drafting and editing work.

Presentation skills, clarity of delivery and ‘on the spot questioning’.

Completing project reflections.

What will Extended Project offer you in the future?

Most universities will accept Extended Project as part of their main UCAS point requirement for entry to courses.   In some cases, students with an Extended Project qualification may be excused some first year introductory classes. Many Universities will offer a lower point score for admission if an EPQ is included. Excellent research skills if continuing in academia or further research.